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Ali Jr. questioned upon return to US...Little evidence for travel ban...Pence reassures Jewish group

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained and questioned for nearly two hours when he and his mother returned to the United States from Jamaica. Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. was repeatedly asked if he was Muslim. Ali was born in Philadelphia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft report from analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm says there's little evidence to back up the stated reasons for President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. The draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States.

UNDATED (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is once again emphasizing Washington's support for Israel. In remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Pence says he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Older people could be charged much higher premiums than younger ones. Democrats say it would raise costs and provide weaker coverage.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Construction of President Donald trump's border wall could be a step closer. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that "concept papers" to design and build prototypes would be due by March 10.

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